Just when you think you heard it all, a Saudi national, identified only as Abu Khaled, called in to a program hosted by Sheik Al-Mutlaq and hosted on the Al-Majd satellite channel. Abu Khaled had a problem. In his view the foreign (expatriate) Muslims who prayed in the mosques in Saudi Arabia were a disturbance. They had dirty clothes and smelled bad. Abu Khaled’s suggestion, more in the line of a request, was for separate mosques for the non-Saudi Muslims. Can you imagine that? It’s like a reminder of when the United States had segregation between those with white skin or black skin color.
Thankfully, Sheik Al-Mutlaq not only disagreed strongly with Abu Khaled’s suggestion, but put a stop to such nonsense. Sheikh Al-Mutlaq told the questioner that his description of foreign workers reminded him of the condition of Saudi citizens at a time when the country did not know soap or shampoo. He told him that the dirty foreign workers might be closer to God than him. American Bedu agrees with Sheik Al-Mutlaq.
Just think, if another Sheik had not been so reasonable, future pilgrims might have been performing umrah or hajj in a divided Haram.